Events

“Give me to the earth when my winter comes,
Bury me deep in the ground.
Mark not my place with statues or caves,
Find me where life can be found.”
— LURANA BROWN

Thinking out your end-of-life wishes is never easy, but there are now new approaches to traditional funeral service that will leave you feeling surprisingly optimistic. Stewardship for the earth and care of the planet have not previously been high on most people’s end-of-life wish lists. In fact, there’s a common misconception that cremation is “greener” than full casket burial because the plot for an urn requires less cemetery space. This is not the case!

Join us to discuss how a formaldehyde-free burial in pine, willow or wool casket or dramatic shroud is kinder to the earth and one way your death could actually uplift others and return useful molecules to the soil from which we essentially sprang. You’ll also hear about modern modes of accelerating the body’s return to the soil in the works in other states. The good news is this: you can abide by the American burial practice of 200 years ago, and become a tree, after all!

Amy Cunningham is a New York state licensed funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She manages the lively blog The Inspired Funeral.com, and owns the firm Fitting Tributes Funeral Services.

Space is limited, please register here.

This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Songs are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, however, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

Domino the penguin is back! Join us to experience her story on March 14 at 10 am or 11:30 am.

Domino the Penguin gets in trouble…a lot. Sometimes Domino chooses to be naughty, but sometimes it happens without her realizing. There are so many rules! This interactive performance for 2-5 year olds follows Domino as she navigates a tricky world filled with opportunities to be naughty…or not.

Reserve your spot at Brown Paper Tickets today!

Domino the penguin is back! Join us to experience her story on March 14 at 10 am or 11:30 am.

Domino the Penguin gets in trouble…a lot. Sometimes Domino chooses to be naughty, but sometimes it happens without her realizing. There are so many rules! This interactive performance for 2-5 year olds follows Domino as she navigates a tricky world filled with opportunities to be naughty…or not.

Reserve your spot at Brown Paper Tickets today!

Two-hour round robin songfest featuring the songs that Woody Guthrie sang. Performers include Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, Joel Landy, Mike Lee, Nancy Moccaldi, Pinetree, and Steve Suffet. Each is an established artist in his or her own right, and all are longtime Woody Guthrie admirers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

A woman kneels while playing violin for onlooking children

Arias, sing-alongs, piano, and more will showcase the wide range of soprano, Jessica Fishenfeld, accompanied by piano and cello. The program will feature music and magic!

Mozart for Munchkins creates an interactive and engaging atmosphere in which families can experience and enjoy music! Children of all ages are welcome to roll, crawl, squeal, and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers can sit back and unwind.

Everyone 12 and under enters free!

Get your tickets here.

A baked apple tart

Come join your neighbors at the outdoor wood-fired oven at the Old Stone House.

You can bring any dish or recipe — from bread to chicken, from cookies to pie.

You don’t have to share what you bake, but you will find many willing taste-testers! Kids are welcome and generally have a great time. Non-bakers are also welcome to come hang out and volunteer for taste-testing duty!

Firing the oven will start around 9am, and we’ll bake from noon-ish until 4pm. Drop by any time! Keep in mind, when it gets busy there may be a wait of an hour or so until a spot opens up in the oven.

We’ll be standing around outside the entire time, so be sure to dress with that in mind. The weather can be unpredictable. We will bake even if it is cold or raining, however, if it is windy we may cancel.

Click here to visit the Meetup page and sign up.

Join the artist Alicia Grullón and curator Katherine Gressel for the opening reception of Grullón’s solo exhibition Presence at OSH. The public reception will be held from 7 pm – 9 pm, enjoy light refreshments and a first look at our newest show!

Alicia Grullón is a performance artist and photographer with a career spanning more than fifteen years. She describes her self-portraits and performances as “critiques of the politics of presence – an argument for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres.” By inserting her own body in spaces that have historically not been meant for her or designed so she has little control over how she is represented in them, Grullón aims to disrupt mainstream historical and cultural narratives. The work selected for this exhibition focuses on her use of costumes, props and other methods of obscuring her own identity, sometimes to tell the stories of others.
In keeping with OSH’s mission to make local history relevant, Presence is comprised mainly of works rooted in Grullón’s native New York City and addresses topics including gentrification, immigration and community preservation. Several works on view were inspired by OSH itself and its Dutch Colonial and Revolutionary War past.
After this reception, the exhibition will be on view to the public every Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm and by appointment until April 6, with a closing event on March 26.
Presence is the first in a series of four 2020 OSH exhibitions exploring how contemporary artists encourage participation and civic engagement. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

This acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. Songs are typically suitable for contra dancing or other traditional fiddle tunes. This group is intended to provide a musical home for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear, and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages and levels of playing. While we won’t play from sheet music, you can certainly use this as a reference on your own!

What do you mean by SLOW JAM? All acoustic instruments (e.g., fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, etc.) are welcome and the typical format is that we sit in a circle (or circle-ish, depending on the space) and take turns suggesting/leading a song. The songs will typically follow the AABB format (two “A” parts followed by two “B” parts) and we will simply play it over many repeats and if you know it, great (!), but if you don’t, you try to figure it out as we go along, maybe picking up a few notes here and there. We’ll play tunes at a slow to moderate speed so that they are accessible to a variety of levels.

It’s fun and can be challenging, but is a great way to improve your playing. You don’t have to be a great player, play in tune, or know the songs to give it a shot. If you want to suggest a song, you should either know the song well enough to play it on repeat or we can see if anyone else does!

Sign up here!